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Thursday, April 23, 1998

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  • "There are concerns that if we do not make progress ... desperate people will resort to violence again."

    -- U.N. Chief Kofi Annan, speaking about Mideast peace efforts

    Today's events

  • Today is the sixth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day in the United States.

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    On the horizon

  • On Friday, April 24, the 1998 American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference is to begin in Chicago.

  • On Saturday, April 25, Pope John Paul II plans to fast in solidarity with famine victims in North Korea.

  • Sunday, April 26, is the 12th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

  • On Monday, April 27, the American Women in Radio and Television annual awards ceremony is held in New York.

  • On Tuesday, April 28, oral arguments in convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's appeal are scheduled to start.

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    On this day

  • In 1014, Brian Boru, high king of Ireland, was killed repelling Viking invaders at the battle of Clontarf.

  • In 1564, the birth of William Shakespeare, England's greatest playwright, is traditionally celebrated on this date. He died on the same date in 1616.

  • In 1616, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish novelist and playwright died in Madrid; he is famed for "Don Quixote," considered to be one of the greatest modern novels.

  • In 1625, Frederick Henry became Stadtholder or ruler of the Netherlands after the death of Maurice of Nassau.

  • In 1633, the League of Heilbronn was established. It united South German Protestants with Sweden and France against the Catholic League and the Imperialists.

  • In 1661, Charles II was crowned king of England.

  • In 1918, the British Navy under Admiral Keyes raided the German submarine base at Zeebrugge.

  • In 1941, King George of the Hellenes and the Greek government fled the Greek mainland from the advancing Germans; the Greek army also surrendered.

  • In 1945, the Russian army liberated the Sachsenhausen and Ravensbrueck concentration camps.

  • In 1990, Chinese Premier Li Peng arrived in Moscow on an official visit to the Soviet Union, the most senior Chinese leader to visit Moscow since 1964.

  • In 1993, a lone gunmen shot and killed Lalith Athulathmudali, a prominent Sri Lankan opposition leader, at an election rally outside the capital Colombo.

  • In 1995, Hideo Murai, No. 2 official in the Aum Shinri Kyo sect accused of involvement in various gas attacks in Tokyo, was assassinated outside the sect's headquarters.

  • In 1996, former Australian Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating resigned from parliament, ending a political career of 27 years.

  • In 1997, the presidents of Russia and China signed a declaration opposing the domination of one superpower in the post-Cold War world.

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    Today is the sixth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, started by the Ms. Foundation in an effort to focus national attention on the concerns, hopes and dreams of young women. See how you can help.



  • Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.

  • It is National Sovereignty and Children's Day in Turkey.

  • Actress Valerie Bertinelli ("One Day at a Time") is 38.

  • Actor David Birney ("Summertree") is 58.

  • Former actress and ambassador Shirley Temple Black is 70.

  • Actress Sandra Dee ("Gidget") is 56.

  • Actress Joyce DeWitt ("Three's Company") is 49.

  • Actress Jan Hooks ("Designing Women") is 41.

  • Actor Lee Majors ("The Six Million Dollar Man") is 58.

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    Sources: Associated Press,
    Chase's Calendar of Events 1998, J.P. Morgan

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